Around the globe progress towards Net Zero and adaptation to climate change is underpinned by our understanding of the linkages between land and water systems.

Working closely with partners across global, Southeast Asian, and sub-Saharan organisations and initiatives, UKCEH scientists are delivering world-leading science that helps countries, organisations, and companies to develop and deliver plans to reduce emissions, increase carbon sinks of natural and managed ecosystems, and adapt and build resilience to climate change, while considering possible cascading effects and trade-offs.

The International science for Net Zero Plus programme aims to answer the following science questions:

  1. What changes in climate, pollution and land management limit the land's ability to absorb more carbon now and in the future?
  2. What are the trade-offs and co-benefits of net-zero land-based mitigation options on food production, biodiversity, and soil, water, and air quality?
  3. How can we adapt to climate change and become more resilient to natural hazards like floods, droughts, fires, and extreme weather?


Co-design and co-delivery are at the heart of the programme and UKCEH scientists will work closely with partners to achieve five expected outcomes over a four-year period, from April 2022 to March 2026. 

Flowchart describing 5 expected outcomes of the NC international project, including new knowledge, robust evidence, data-driven models, research networks and stakeholder collaborations


Which Net Zero Plus?

Net Zero Plus is defined slightly differently across sectors. For the purposes of establishing the science for this programme, Net Zero Plus brings together the following: 

  • Increasing carbon uptake and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land
  • Maintaining a healthy and productive environment
  • Adapting and building resilience to climate change

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This exciting and challenging research is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through their National Capability for International Science programme.